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Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque again, around 20 injured

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A member of the Israeli forces lifts his baton in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque during an Israeli raid on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, on April 15, 2022 (Photo: AFP)
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Dozens of Muslim worshipers were arrested or injured early Sunday morning as Israeli forces launched another raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, just two days after their raid that injured more than 150 Palestinians, reported the Palestinian news agency, Wafa. اضافة اعلان

Israeli forces said they entered the compound to facilitate routine visits by Jews to the holy site — which they refer to as the Temple Mount — and that Palestinians had stockpiled stones and set up barriers in the compound, according to Al-Jazeera News.

Wafa reported that extremist Israeli Jewish organizations have urged followers to stage a mass provocative visit to the mosque during the Passover holiday, which coincides with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a time when thousands of Muslims, predominantly Palestinians, usually stay at the holy site for worship day and night.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said 19 Palestinians were wounded, including at least five who were hospitalized. It said some had been wounded with rubber-coated steel bullets, according to AFP.

A Wafa correspondent said that the attacking forces chased worshipers and fired stun grenades and teargas randomly to empty the holy site of its Muslim worshipers in order to secure the entry of Israeli Jewish settlers wishing to celebrate Passover inside the courtyards of the mosque.

Senior Palestinian official Hussein Al-Sheikh said Sunday that “Israel’s dangerous escalation in the Al-Aqsa compound ... is a blatant attack on our holy places”, and called on the international community to intervene.

The UN has called for calm, a year after violence in and around the mosque compound escalated into an 11-day war in Gaza.

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